Hale then was in good company with his work. A strong tug came from Massachusetts governor William Phips, who was a personal friend with Hale and a supporter of the trials. His zeal for discovering witchcraft allows others, particularly Abigail, to manipulate him. Hale became an opponent of the trials and outspoken against them. Elizabeth denies the fact that witches exist because of Hale's attitude toward Rebecca. John Hale was born in June 1636 in Charlestown, Massachusetts to Robert and Joanna.
As the play progresses, Hale's own insecurities prompt the citizen's slow descent of reverence for him. Another strong quote of Reverend Hale is after John Proctor has admitted to lechery and Elizabeth denies her husband is a lecher. After Reverend Parris saw some girls including Abigail, Tituba, and Betty dancing and conjuring spirits in the woods, he called Hale to Salem. He experiences a remarkable transformation over the course of the play. He insists that survival is the highest good, even if it means accommodating oneself to injustice. Another quote that gives evidence to his new belief is when Danforth asks Hale if he had preached in Andover this month. He believes that there should be little or no questioning as to the righteousness of the written word.
He devotes himself to work, probing for confessions and encouraging people of Salem to testify. I came into this village like a bridegroom to his beloved, bearing gifts of high religion; the very crowns of holy I brought, and what I touched with my bright confidence, it died; and where I turned the eye of my great faith, blood flowed up. It was Sarah who later affected his thinking on the witch trials. He has dedicated his whole life to the Puritan religion and learning about witches and witchcraft. After he catches them dancing around a fire in the woods, he is very concerned with what this will reflect upon their name and, more importantly, his name. He speaks as though his methods are logical and scientific when in fact, he uses wives' tales and mythology to root out so-called demons.
Hale, you surely do not doubt my justice. Without them, Reverend Hale would be no better than the others, a man with an opinion just like the rest. The Rebecca Nurse Homestead in 2006. The people of Salem are not able to defend themselves against the tyranny of the court system without being condemned for their attempt. Hale: They must be; they are weighted with authority. Hale was not alone in his regret.
In tragic fashion, his about-face comes too late—the trials are no longer in his hands but rather in those of Danforth and the theocracy, which has no interest in seeing its proceedings exposed as a sham. Through Hale's eagerness to help the town, he got caught up in the hysteria and unintentionally brought irrevocable events upon Salem. Now he changes from the advocator who encourages the accused to confess to witchcraft to the challenger who opposes the witch trials altogether. What he does not realize is that the lies he is urging would only reinforce the slanders the court has already committed. He is not only considered an expert in witchcraft, but he also considers himself an expert in witchcraft. This is definitely a fitting name for the Salem witch trials based play, as dealing with the hysteria and unjust courts of Salem is a severe trial in its self.
Hale, who forces confessions out of her as if he wants them to be tr. Hale was proactive in the initial process, but later shied away from the trials when members of his own congregation and his wife were among the accused. Hale is basically saying he is glad that he doesn't have to go through what happened in Salem again. They consist of a Reverend and his niece; a married couple with their share of problems, along with their servant; and a minister called to the town because of his experience in the field of witchcraft. When Reverend Hale arrives carrying heavy books.
Like many Puritans, Hale graduated from Harvard before going into the ministry. At first, Reverend Hale's character is concrete in his beliefs on witchcraft and is sure of his duty to carry out the will of God. He is not a rebel, nor does he want to overthrow the court's authority, but he is striving for justice. He may not be the strong self-confident man he was in the first Act, but he will not continue to stand up for what is wrong. He knew that his work was admired and respected by the common people and he was proud of this. This is not a usual act of a reverend who should have faith in the court system and never doubt it.
In this scene Reverend Parris wants to question the people who signed the petition, but Francis has given his word that the names would be kept secret. Massachusetts had recently undergone a change in government, Indians wars were constant in the prior decade, and the colony had participated in King William's War against the French, which was one of many colonial wars of the era. Elizabeth knows that suspicion hangs over her also. Proctor has not incorporated this commandment into his life, so it fails to remain in his memory. Their entire life turns a corner and they see materialistic happiness waiting for them.
He is however, far more personable than the other judges presiding. Reverend Hale has three different feelings throughout the play. Reverend Hale has an epitome while listening to John Proctor and Mary Warren; he becomes convinced that they, not Abigail, are telling the truth. In The Crucible, Reverend Hale discovers that Abigail is lying. By my oath to Heaven, I believe him now. After Reverend Hale realizes the immorality of the court system in Salem, all of his beliefs and viewpoints change as a result of his realization. Elizabeth does not believe that Rebecca can possibly be a witch because the idea contradicts the morality of the Scriptures.
Hale is the most complex character in the play. Someone reading this play by Arthur Miller can feel more emotional towards Hale's character because he thinks similar to the reader when they hear the false accusations in the court. . Role in the Play: Reverend Hale is a clear example of character progression and development, which is highlighted by his realisation in the climatic third Act. When Hale arrives in Salem he finds the entire town in total chaos. Have no fear now-we shall find him out if he has come among us, and I mean to crush him utterly if he has shown his face! He goes to the gallows redeemed for his earlier sins.